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Asian Champions Trophy, India vs Japan, Match Highlights: Manpreet Singh and Co earn hard-fought victory

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Asian Champions Trophy, India vs Japan, Match Highlights: Manpreet Singh and Co earn hard-fought victory

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Oct 28, 2018 - 00:19 (IST)

INDIA 3-2 JAPAN

So India, ranked fifth in the world are clearly the favourites for the title against Pakistan, who are placed 13th in the FIH rankings. For sure the game will be a cracker. 
 
That's all we have for now. Thanks for joining us for today's coverage, hope you enjoyed it. We will be looking forward to have you with us for tomorrow's final.

Oct 28, 2018 - 00:07 (IST)

INDIA 3-2 JAPAN

FULL-TIME! 

Defending champions India enter the final and they will play arch-rivals Pakistan for the title. A hard-fought victory for Manpreet Singh and Co against the Asian Games gold medallist team. 

Oct 28, 2018 - 00:02 (IST)

INDIA 3-2 JAPAN

GOAL! Penalty corner for Japan and Zendana converts it perfectly. Four minutes left in the final quarter. Can India hold on to their lead?  

Oct 27, 2018 - 23:59 (IST)

INDIA 3-1 JAPAN

GOAAAAAALLLL! Dilpreet Singh with a superb turn and a equally good finish to ensure India double their lead in the final quarter.

Oct 27, 2018 - 23:54 (IST)

INDIA 2-1 JAPAN

The game has considerably slowed down in the final quarter. Indians are employing a cautious approach here. They just lead by a goal. 

Oct 27, 2018 - 23:48 (IST)

INDIA 2-1 JAPAN

Alright then, time for the final quarter of the second semi-final. 

Oct 27, 2018 - 23:47 (IST)

INDIA 2-1 JAPAN

End of the third quarter. A good one for India as they lead the match by a goal.

Oct 27, 2018 - 23:45 (IST)

INDIA 2-1 JAPAN

GOAAAAALLL! India take the lead. Varun's penalty corner takes a big deflection. Less than a minute left in the third quarter.

Oct 27, 2018 - 23:37 (IST)

INDIA 1-1 JAPAN

Japan's defence is in top notch. They are not giving any chance for Indian attackers in the danger area. 

Oct 27, 2018 - 23:33 (IST)

INDIA 1-1 JAPAN

Very good steal from Japan and they almost took the lead in the match. The shot is wide.

Preview: Defending champions India will look to assert their continental supremacy once again when they take on reigning Asian Games gold-medallists Japan in the semi-final of the Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) hockey tournament on Saturday.

Having spanked Japan 9-0 in the round-robin stage, India will start overwhelming favourites against the Asian Games champion side.

India are the only side in the tournament that remained unbeaten in the round-robin stage, having won all their matches except for a close goal-less draw against old nemesis Malaysia.

India qualified as the top team with 13 points from five games. Arch-rivals Pakistan finished second on 10 points ahead of Malaysia on account of a better goal difference, while Japan were fourth with seven points.

The ongoing Asian Champions Trophy being the last tournament before the season-ending World Cup in Bhubaneswar, the Indians would be desperate to prove their critics wrong with another strong performance on Saturday.

Going by performance, the Indians looked the dominant side in the tournament with convincing wins except for the stalemate against Malaysia.

Harendra Singh's men defeated Oman 11-0, Pakistan 3-1, Japan 9-0 and South Korea 4-1.

And come Saturday, India would be eager to prove that the disappointing bronze at the Asian Games was just an aberration with another big morale-boosting win over Japan.

India's chief coach Harendra Singh said Saturday will be a completely new game for his side.

"I would like my boys to play aggressive hockey with control over their emotions. The semi-final will be a different ball game. The result or score-line of our last encounter with Japan in the preliminary league will have no significance when the semi-final gets underway on Saturday," Harendra said on the eve of the match.

Japan, on the other hand, have fielded six youngsters in the squad after their gold medal at the Jakarta Asian Games in their bid to focus on a long-term team-building exercise.

Japan are the only team among the semi-finalists here not to have qualified for the World Cup.

Japan, however, will play for pride and find a way to blunt the Indian attack.

Their recent habit of turning the form-book on its head will cause some unease for their rivals.

"I have always said that India will have an edge nine times out of our 10 encounters. We're hoping that Saturday will be that one time when we go out and defeat them," Japan coach Siegfried Aikman said.

"Our performance in the preliminary league, including the loss to India, is history now. My young players have grown in confidence," he added.

In the other semi-final of the day, Pakistan will lock horns against Malaysia.

The final of the tournament will be played on Sunday.

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